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  • Mikoyan MiG-29K (Fulcrum-D) Carrier-Based Multi-Role Fighter

    The Mikoyan MiG-29K Fulcrum-D is a highly modified and navalized form of the successful Soviet-era MiG-29 Fulcrum air superiority fighter.

     Updated: 6/13/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

    The Mikoyan MiG-29K (NATO = "Fulcrum-D") is a navalized variant of the successful Mikoyan MiG-29 Fulcrum family of fighters. The navalized form was originally developed to a 1980s Soviet Navy carrier-based fighter requirement. While the Soviet Navy eventually settled on the larger Sukhoi Su-27 "Flanker" series (as the "Su-33"), the MiG-29K design has recently seen growing interest by both the Russian and Indian navies thanks largely to the acquisition by the Indian Navy of the ex-Kiev class Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier (to become the INS Vikramaditya in December of 2012). A dozen MiG-29K aircraft were included as part of the deal due to their more compact size, lower procurement cost and advanced capabilities. In turn, the Russian Navy has decided to replace its aged and exceedingly expensive fleet of Su-33 carrier-based fighters with the newer budget-friendly MiG-29K models by 2015.

    Both Sukhoi and Mikoyan, longtime aircraft suppliers to the Soviet/Russian Air Force (and notable rivals to one another), submitted their proposed designs to the Soviet Navy for a standard carrier-based fighter platform. The original land-based Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker was developed to counter the American McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle while the Mikoyan MiG-29 Fulcrum was developed to counter the American General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon. As such, the Su-27 was a much larger aircraft with broadened inherent capabilities while the MiG-29 was noticeably more compact and cheaper to produce and maintain. Both Soviet-era designs proved successful (and highly capable) and went on to see considerable sales to Soviet-allied states and nations. Within time, the Soviet Navy required a similarly capable carrier-based fighter and the two Soviet concerns took to modifying their land-based designs as the MiG-29M and Su-27K respectively. The Soviet Navy eventually settled on the larger Su-27-based design though no more than 25 of the Su-33 were ever procured for the Soviet Navy's four Kiev-class aircraft carriers.

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    Mikoyan MiG-29K (Fulcrum-D) Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 2009
    Type: Carrier-Based Multi-Role Fighter
    National Origin: Russia
    Manufacturer(s): Mikoyan OKB - Russia
    Production Total: 15

    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

    Operating Crew: 1
    Length: 56.76 feet (17.3 meters)
    Width: 39.34 feet (11.99 meters)
    Height: 14.44 feet (4.40 meters)

    Weight (MTOW): 119,050 lb (54,000 kg)

    Installed Power and Standard Day Performance

    Engine(s): 2 x Klimov RD-33MK turbofan engines with afterburner developing 19,800lb thrust each.

    Maximum Speed: 1,367 mph (2,200 kph; 1,188 knots)
    Maximum Range: 1,243 miles (2,000 km)
    Service Ceiling: 57,415 feet (17,500 meters; 10.87 miles)
    Rate-of-Climb: 65,000 feet-per-minute (19,812 m/min)

    Armament / Mission Payload

    1 x 30mm GSh-30-1 internal cannon

    Mixed ordnance to include air-to-air missiles, air-to-surface missiles, anti-ship missiles, anti-radar missiles, precision-guided munitions, rocket pods, conventional drop bombs and five hardpoints plumbed for jettisonable fuel tanks. Up to 12,125lbs of external stores in all.

    Global Operators / Customers

    India; Russia

    Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

    MiG-29K ("Fulcrum-D") - Base Single-Seat Carrier-Based Fighter.

    MiG-29KUB - Twin-Seat Carrier-Based trainer